Be A Nathan
Nathans. There are plenty of them out there. They are valuable. They are real. They are a needed. Each Christian needs at least one. Many, however, do not realize that, so they muddle through life without one. And then they will wonder, “Why am I getting this life thing wrong so often?” Often our hearts tell us we need a Nathan, but our brain screams, “No, you got this.”
Nathans are that trusted, truth telling friend we all need in our lives—the one who will say it anyway when the truth hurts.
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They are the ones who will call it like it is when you are fighting your rudder and going off course. They are the ones who will continue to love you through your mistakes and walk alongside you while gently (or not so gently) steering you towards what is right. They are patient, loving, kind, and committed. They are not judgmental. They can see what you cannot or will not see. They are for you, not against you. They are a Jesus with skin on, in your life.
We Are The Clay
King David Was Not Always Nice
King David was not always nice, or good.
Nathan was a prophet in the Old Testament who became a close, trusted friend of King David. He was also a blessing to David. He spoke truth to David at those times when that truth was going to sting, or perhaps not be wanted. He spoke it anyway. He was loyal to the king, but more importantly he was faithful to God and His Word. When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and killed her husband, Nathan was there, not as a man who excused those actions as a friend, but as a man of God who was more interested in leading David toward repentance. He was the arms and feet of God, in this and other instances in David’s life. ~2 Samuel 12
There are other interactions between the two that paint a picture for us of what a Nathan is and why we should not only have a Nathan in our lives, but why we should be a Nathan for others in our own lives. Nathans help others because it is the right thing to do. Nathans don’t shame others or stigmatize them. Nathans are loyal friends of the good they see in the hearts of others and they purpose to bring that out. While the words of a Nathan may sting at times, those words are out of love and they are truth.
We all need a Nathan, and we can all be one. Be a Nathan.
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